Japan have beaten a South American team at the World Cup for the first time ever after a shock 2-1 win against Colombia this afternoon.
With both teams yet to play Senegal and Poland, the unfancied Japanese really have boosted their chances of qualifying from an open group.
It was an entertaining encounter which started off with plenty of drama.
Just minutes in, Yuya Osaka got clear of the Colombia defence and had his shot is saved by David Ospina, but Shinji Kagawa was following in, only for his effort to be blocked by the outstretched arm of Carlos Sanchez.
He was shown a straight red card and initially refused to walk off the pitch.
Kagawa kept his cool and sent David Ospina the wrong way to make it 1-0.
02:56 – Carlos Sanchez's red card after two minutes and 56 seconds is the second fastest shown in World Cup history, after Jose Alberto Batista for Uruguay vs Scotland in 1986 (54 seconds). Handed. #COL #COLJPN #WorldCup
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 19, 2018
39th minute and Juan Quintero hit a free-kick under the wall as it jumps. Eiji Kawashima didn’t see it until late and fumbled it over the line by his post tried to claim it wasn’t go in, but goal-line technology made it clear it was over.
Quintero's very cheeky free kick vs Japan. Very clever! pic.twitter.com/JnvPK2aCaX
— World Cup 18 (@WorldCupStuff18) June 19, 2018
With around 20 minutes left on the clock, Keisuke Honda delivered a corner and Yuya Osako directed the header in off the post for his eighth international goal and to give Japan only their fifth win at the World Cup.
FT Colombia ?? 1-2 ?? Japan !!! What a great game by the Japanese! Great great surprise! pic.twitter.com/o6guFhE6l4
— Lionel Piguet (@lionelpiguet) June 19, 2018
Take a look at the social media reaction to Japan’s win and key moments on the next page.
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